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Advanced Breakwater and Causeway Design Concepts

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Department of Defense
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2011 / SBIR
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The Glosten Associates
1201 Western Avenue Suite 200 Seattle, WA 98101-2953
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Advanced Breakwater and Causeway Design Concepts
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-11-C-0096
Award Amount: $227,273.00


The overall objective of this SBIR is to provide the Sea Base, i.e., a flotilla of ships that may be holding station or slowly transiting an area, with a complete systems concept for a quick-to-establish, low-maintenance, durable system of temporary breakwater. Such a floating breakwater is to enable causeway lighterage, such as the Improved Navy Lighterage System, to interface with ships in the Sea Base in seas up to Sea State 5. The solution envisaged in this study is to use a very large floating mat (VLFM) as a breakwater. The VLFM is not intended to act directly as a causeway, but rather as an environmental shield enabling existing causeway designs to operate under its protection, thus supporting a layered defense approach. This layered defense approach enables the VLFM to be sacrificial during extreme events and repairable in calmer seas thereby protecting sea basing operations inside its protection zone.

Principal Investigator:

Thomas Mathai
Senior Associate
(206) 624-7850

Business Contact:

Peggy Noethlich
Vice President
(206) 624-7850
Small Business Information at Submission:

The Glosten Associates, Inc.
1201 Western Ave, Suite 200 Seattle, WA 98101-

EIN/Tax ID: 910839688
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No